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  • 09 May
    导出博客文章FORT WORTH, Texas -- Graham Rahal made a last-lap pass and just held on to beat
    James Hinchcliffe in the closest finish ever for an IndyCar race at Texas.The
    only time Rahal led the race -- competed over a 2 1/2-month span -- was when he
    sliced to the bottom of the track coming off of the backstretch on that final
    lap Saturday night. He won by eight-thousandths (0.008) of a second, crossing
    the line only inches and side-by-side with Hinchcliffe, with Tony Kanaan right
    behind them.Rahal almost celebrated a bit too early, pumping a fist over his
    head just before crossing the checkered flag with Hinchcliffe right beside him
    and still making a final push for the victory.Hinchcliffe had led the Firestone
    600 for 76 days. He was leading when the race was initially red-flagged June 12
    because of rain after only 71 of 248 laps, and dominated after it resumed until
    three late restarts.Rahals fourth career win came at the high-banked, 1
    1/2-mile-oval where four years ago he appeared headed for victory before
    brushing the wall on the last lap and finishing second to Justin
    Wilson.Hinchcliffe led 188 laps overall in the race, including 157 of the 177
    laps run Saturday night.Series points leader Simon Pagenaud was fourth, and
    extended his lead to from 20 to 28 points over Team Penske teammate Will Power
    with two races left. Power, who won four of the previous six races with
    runner-up finishes in the other two, was eighth at Texas.Ed Carpenter twice had
    contact with other cars while running second behind Hinchcliffe in the later
    laps.Carpenter was within about 2 seconds of the lead on Lap 213 when Scott
    Dixon, trying to get back on the lead lap, made contact coming off the
    frontstretch. That sent Dixon spinning, and Carpenter believes he might have cut
    a tire though he was able to stay on the track and even took the lead after
    that.After the ensuing caution, Hinchcliffe and Carpenter restarted 1-2 on lap
    221, and Carpenter went low coming off the backstretch and led at the line by a
    matter of inches. Hinchcliffe went back in front on the next lap, and was still
    there when Carpenter got loose coming out of Turn 4 on lap 225 and made contact
    with Helio Castroneves and slammed into the wall to end his race.There was one
    more caution after that, when lead-lap car Mikhail Aleshin crashed, setting up
    the final sprint to the finish.It was the fifth-closest finish in IndyCar Series
    history and the closest of any race ever at the Texas track that has hosted
    NASCAR and IndyCar races since 1997. At one point, the top four finishers were
    running side-by-side on the backstretch.Some other notable items from IndyCars
    one-day return to Texas:BACK THE BLUE: Two police officers wounded on duty,
    Jorge Barrientos from Dallas and Matt Pearce from Fort Worth, served as co-grand
    mashals and gave drivers the command to start their engines. Barrientos was
    wounded in the July 7 downtown Dallas attack that left five officers dead,
    Pearce survived being shot multiple times by a fugitive during a manhunt in
    March. Pearce was the grand marshal in June. Every IndyCar on Saturday night had
    a Back the Blue decal, and before the race drivers wore caps representing
    different local police and national law enforcement agencies.FAST BREAK: Takuma
    Sato was only two laps into the short practice session when something broke in
    the car and the No. 14 car slammed into the wall coming out of Turn 4. The A.J.
    Foyt Racing team got the car fixed and ready for the restart.UP NEXT: IndyCar is
    going to Watkins Glen instead of Boston next Sunday for the second-to-last race
    of the season. When the planned Boston race was canceled earlier this year,
    Watkins Glen become the replacement for the Labor Day weekend date. The last
    IndyCar race at Watkins Glen was in 2010, and won by Power.---AP Auto Racing
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    side. Weber had a goal and two assists, and Roman Josi scored the shootout
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    player," the 27-year-old Troicki said in a statement. "I worked my entire life
    for it, and it has been taken away from me in one afternoon by a doctor I didnt
    know," said Troicki, whose ranking peaked at No. NEWARK, N.J. -- Tim Camp, the
    assistant athletic director for sports information at NJIT, has died. He was
    59.The school announced his death on Thursday. Camp, who had battled cancer,
    died on Wednesday.Camp joined the NJIT staff in August 2005 following 16 years
    at Saint Peters College in Jersey City, where he served as Assistant Director of
    Athletics for Sports Information.He was inducted into the Saint Peters Hall of
    Fame in 2008 and was also honored by the Met Basketball Writers Association with
    its Good Guy Award.At NJIT, Camps responsibilities included assisting in the
    administration of the athletics department, publicizingg the activities of the
    Highlanders 19 varsity teams, development and production of all the athletic
    publications, and overseeing the maintenance of the departments
    website.ddddddddddddThis is a loss for the entire NJIT community, said Lenny
    Kaplan, NJITs assistant vice president/director of athletics. I have known Tim
    for over 25 years, and knew him as a part-time consigliere, and always a friend.
    He had great recall, always with a story or bit of history.Funeral arrangements
    have not been announced. ' ' '